Jan 152014
 

The tax records of 1666/7 recorded a James Head from Kilballyherberry, Ballysheehan.  He was probably one of the 10 Heade (and variant) families recorded in Middlethird in the 1659 census.

By the time of the census in 1766, the two families in this area were Philip and Maria Kearney and John and Maria Monaghan. These two couples both had large families however I can only find the descendants of Philip and Maria in the Killenaule parish records.

By the time of the tithe taxes in the 1820s, the descendants in the area were Thomas and Cath Kivane and Patrick and Cath Kelly both farming at Killhill, Kilballyherberry.  They were both grandchildren of Philip and Maria.

The parish records also show Patrick and Judith Bradley in Killhill in the 1830s.

Thomas married Cath Kivane circa 1803 and Patrick married Margaret Kirwan in 1811 and then Cath Kelly in 1813. They both had families at Killhill between 1810 and 1840.

In 1827, Thomas and Patrick  were farming on land owned by The Estate of Oliver Latham Esq. Patrick had a plot of 3a 1r 0p and Thomas’s plot was 3a 3r 0p. They both defaulted on these tithes in the 1830s and were not on this land in the 1850s.

The eldest son of Thomas and Cath’s was Patrick (b 1803). He married Margaret Farrell in Carlow in circa 1840 and immigrated to London in the late 1840s during the potato famine.  One of their sons (the only child to live long enough to have a family) joined the British army.  He went to India with the army where he married and had a large family.  Descendants live in England, India, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  This is Tree # 1.

Other sons moved to Ballinure and descendents are in the Ballinure/Cashel area. These families, and other descendants from the Killhill families are Tree # 10.

Records in London in 1870 (relating to Patrick b 1803) indicate that Thomas and Cath had died by then.  Given that Patrick could not read or write and had left Ireland by the late 1840s, I suspect they may have died by the time Patrick and Margaret left Ireland. By the 1840s they would have been in their 60s, which is much longer than life expectancy at the time

A copy of the early branches of the family can be found below:

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Research notes from the parish records, the civil records, valuation records, directories, graveyards and the 1901 and 1911 census for this area are Ballinure and Killenaule Families

A map of the area is as follows:

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